A cynical but likely successful tactic

Ramirez on Obama on Gruber

  Serious analysis from the Anglo-American commentator Charles C. W. Cooke: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/393005/cheating-aids-ratchet-charles-c-w-cooke The matter of Professor Jonathan Gruber is merely the tip of the iceberg.   … [Read more...]

Chronological snobbery

Hippie bus

  Something that really irritates me is the casual assumption, on the part of some young people, that, merely because they're younger, they're also wiser, more intelligent, and better than those who are older.  You know:  Inevitable progress, and all that. "You never did real scholarship," one arrogant youngish Ph.D. said, a couple of years ago, to a friend of mine now long retired from a career of university teaching and academic activity.  "And you're being re … [Read more...]

Muslims in Egypt offering themselves as a human shield to protect Christians

Egyptian Christian church

  Many stories out of the Middle East are discouraging, depressing, and painful. Some, though, are inspiring: http://www.butterbin.com/muslims-offered-human-shield-protect-christians-holy-day-story-will-restore-faith-humanity/   … [Read more...]

Trouble in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

The Sinai from above

  One of the principal reasons for my subscription to the Economist is its genuinely global coverage. In the 15 November issue, for instance, there's an article covering the crackdown by Egypt's army under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi -- until recently, General al-Sisi -- against Islamists in the northeastern sector of the Sinai Peninsula. Unfortunately, there's a very considerable risk that the army's harsh tactics there will make the situation … [Read more...]

The Church’s press release regarding President Eyring at the Vatican

A beautiful modern temple . . . in Rome

  http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/vatican-summit-mormon-leader-calls-renaissance-happy-marriages?cid=MNE11182014eyring   … [Read more...]

Two cartoons from Michael Ramirez

Ramirez Nimmer Wahid

      … [Read more...]

“To be glad instruments”

Phoenix Arizona Temple from the desert

  “We are gripped by God’s will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God’s love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.”  Albert Schweitzer  … [Read more...]

Homing pigeons and gravitational fields

Do they use maps?

  A fascinating article in the 15 November issue of the Economist reports on research by Hans-Peter Lipp of Switzerland and Valeryi Kanevskyi of the Ukraine on how birds navigate. It seems that they use gravity. And that they can be disoriented and thrown off course by gravitational anomalies (caused by such things as bodies of ore and meteorite craters). The sophistication of the internal "gyroscope" that would be required for such … [Read more...]